• Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.
    In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths
    in women.
  • Lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined
    (colon, breast and prostate). An estimated 160,340 Americans were expected to die
    from lung cancer in 2012, accounting for approximately 28 percent of all cancer deaths.
  • The number of deaths due to lung cancer has increased approximately 4.3 percent between 1999 and 2008 from 152,156 to 158,656. The number of deaths among men has reached a plateau but the number is still rising among women. In 2006, there were 88,586 deaths due to lung cancer in men and 70,070 in women.
  • The age-adjusted death rate for lung cancer is higher for men (63.6 per 100,000 persons) than for women (39.0 per 100,000 persons). It also is higher for Blacks (53.4 per 100,000 persons) compared to Whites (50.2 per 100,000 persons). Black men have a far higher age-adjusted lung cancer death rate than White men, while Black and White women have similar rates.
  • Approximately 373,489 Americans are living with lung cancer.  During 2012, an estimated 226,160 new cases of lung cancer were expected to be diagnosed, representing almost 14 percent of all cancer diagnoses.

  • The majority of living lung cancer patients have been diagnosed within the last five years. Lung cancer is mostly a disease of the elderly. In 2006, 81 percent of those living with lung cancer were 60 years of age or older.

  • In 2006, Kentucky had the highest age-adjusted lung cancer incidence rates in both men (124.8 per 100,000) and women (76.6 per 100,000). Utah had the lowest age-adjusted cancer incidence rates in both men and women (32.0 per 100,000 and 24.7 per 100,000, respectively).  These state-specific rates were parallel to smoking prevalence rates.
  • Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 1.3 million deaths annually. Cancer accounted for 13 percent of the 58 million total worldwide deaths in 2004.

  • The National Institutes of Health estimate that cancers cost the United States an overall $264 billion in 2010.  It is estimated that approximately $10.3 billion per year is spent in the United States on lung cancer treatment alone.

Source & Read More: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/lung-cancer/resources/facts-figures/lung-cancer-fact-sheet.html

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